Cavendish variant resistant to Panama disease

A new banana variety is proving to be a promising answer to the very destructive Panama wilt disease, a.k.a. Fusarium wilt, that has been progressively infecting Cavendish plantations in Mindanao in recent years.

The new variety is a variant of tissue-cultured Giant Cavendish from Taiwan better known simply as GCTCV 219. In farmers’ fields that we visited last February 20, we witnessed robust uninfected plants of GCTCV 219 planted in infected fields side by side with the susceptible plants. Read more…